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Media Fathers’ Custody Lawyers

Media Father’s Custody Lawyer Scott Bonebrake handles custody cases for the firm.

Fortunately, the rights of a father in child custody matters are now equal to those of the mother. By way of the Child Custody Law, which was enacted by statute in Pennsylvania in January, 2011, Pennsylvania mandated that the Courts must be “gender neutral” when deciding custody between a mother and a father. Therefore, unlike in years past, the Courts may not show favoritism toward a mother. Media Custody Lawyer Scott Bonebrake has successfully fought for custody rights of fathers, and has been successful in obtaining primary physical custody, joint custody, and even sole custody.

Child custody matters involve issues of both physical and legal custody. Physical custody involves issues pertaining to which parent has actual and physical custody of the child, while legal custody involves the rights to make important decisions regarding the child.

Under the Pennsylvania Statute, the Courts must weigh the following factors when determining the best interest of children involved in custody disputes:

  • Which party is most likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact between the child and another party;
  • The present and past abuse committed by a party or member of the party’s household, whether there is a continued risk of harm to the child or an abused party in which party can better provide adequate physical safeguards and supervision of the child;
  • The parental duties performed by each party on behalf of each child;
  • The need for stability and continuity in the child’s education, family life and community life;
  • The availability of extended family;
  • A child’s sibling relationship(s);
  • The well reasoned preference of the child, based on the child’s maturity and judgment;
  • The attempts of a parent to turn the child against the other parent, except in cases of domestic violence where reasonable safety measures are necessary to protect the child from harm;
  • Which party is more likely to maintain a loving, stable, consistent and nurturing relationship with the child, adequate for the child’s emotional needs;
  • Which party is more likely to attend to the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational and special needs of the child;
  • The proximity of the residences of the parties;
  • Each party’s availability to care for the child or the ability to make appropriate child care arrangements;
  • The level of conflict between the parties and the willingness and ability of the parties to cooperate with one another. The party’s effort to protect a child from abuse by another party is not evidence of unwillingness or inability to cooperate with that party;
  • The history of drug or alcohol abuse of a party or member of a party’s household;
  • The mental and/or physical condition of a party or member of a party’s household;
  • Any other relevant factor.

Scott Bonebrake has fought for fathers in many cases, and has successfully obtained primary physical custody, sole physical custody, joint physical custody and even sole legal custody of fathers in appropriate cases.

Scott Bonebrake has also assisted many fathers who had been forced to pay more child support than they actually owed. Media Custody Lawyer Scott Bonebrake can assist fathers in any child custody or support matters.

For a free consultation with someone who will fight for the rights of a father in the Media and Philadelphia area, please contact Scott Bonebrake at 215-600-3189 or by e-mail Scott at [email protected].

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